Dole Pineapple Plantation
The Dole Pineapple Plantation has become one of Hawaii’s top attractions. You will learn how James D. Dole came to Hawaii in 1899, after graduating Harvard University, with $1200.00 and began Hawaii’s pineapple industry on 60 acres which today is This famous Pineapple Plantation.
The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family and is believed to have originated in the lowlands of Paraguay. Christopher Columbus brought pineapples to Europe from one of his journeys. George Washington grew pineapples in his Mount Vernon Hothouse. It is believed that a Spanish shipwreck in 1527 on the Kona Coast brought the pineapple plants to Hawaii
Pineapple growing at Plantation
The Dole Plantation offers a Garden and factory tour where you will see a wide variety of crops grown on the North Shore. You will learn about life in plantation villages and the history of contract laborers from all over the world that came to work in Hawaii in the sugar and pineapple plantations.
GARDEN TOUR ADMISSION:
Children 4-12 $3.25
Kama’aina / military $3.50
Children under 4 free
Dole Pineapple Garden Maze
The Dole Pineapple Garden Maze
The Pineapple Garden Maze opened in 1998 and has grown larger since. The maze takes up more than 2 acres and the path is 3.11 miles long. The maze is made from 14,000 Hawaiian plants including hibiscus, heleconia, croton, panax and pineapple. In the center of the maze is a huge pineapple made of croton and has a crown of agapanthus. The Guiness Book Of World Records named The Dole Pineapple Garden Maze the largest maze in the world in 2001. The maze has eight secret stations to look for and the person to find all eight stations and stencil the symbols on their card will win a prize and have their name put on the sign at the entrance. The fastest time was 7 minutes but the average times are between 45 minutes to one hour.
THE DOLE PINEAPPLE MAZE ADMISSION:
Kama’aina / military $5.00
HOURS 9:00am - 5:00pm
The Dole Pineapple Express Train Tour.
The Pineapple express train tour is a 20 minute, two mile train ride through Lychee, Banana, Mango, Papaya, Cacao, and Coffee fields. This tour takes you to eight mini gardens that show the stages of pineapple growth. There is also life on the plantation, a native species garden, Ti leaf garden, lei garden, Hibiscus garden, Bromeliad garden, Irrigation and the North Shore agriculture. They also allow you to plant your own pineapple. You will have fantastic views of the Ko’olau and Wai’anae mountain ranges.
Children 4-12 $5.75
Kama’aina / military $7.00
Children under 4 free
The Dole Pineapple Plantation also offers casual restaurants and gift shops with items “made in Hawaii”. There are also wall mounted photos and plaques telling the history of the Hawaiian pineapple.
HOURS: 9:00am - 5:30 pm daily
The Dole Pineapple Plantation
64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy
North Shore, Oahu
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